Highland Avenue

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Farm-to-table
Highland Avenue is a "farm to table" restaurant housed in the historic Hollar Hosiery Mill. With a focus on sourcing local ingredients, our chefs bring local fare to the table.
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j
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, quick friendly and attentive service. I'm sure we will visit again.

BM
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was A, server was A- (Only negative was being asked if we were thinking about desert while eating our salads). Manager was friendly. Restaurant was empty, only 1 other table had people eating and no one at bar. Interior is great and the warehouse feel is nice. Hope more people will patronize. Much better experience than our last trip there about 2 months ago and I think they have new ownership so potential is there. Will be back.

B
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It's been awhile, but Highland Avenue is still very, very good. I see that some of the worst waiters have moved on, but competent wait staff seems to be a challenge in Hickory, NC. I had the pork, which was far too rare...and didn't have much flavor. Party of four: steak/fantastic, fish special/meh, fish tacos/great, handpie special/great, and chocolate tarte/great. I like this place, very stylish, nice vibe, not loud but lively. There just something not coming completely together with the food--very, very good as it is, it could be great. Nice drinks, but slow bar. I'm nit-picking...great place.

T
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for a retreat and wanted to go to a nice place for dinner with some friends. What a great building! Really neat history being in an old mill. The food and service were fantastic! I decided to try something different for me and I had the duck which was amazing. My wife, who is pretty picky about her grits, has the shrimp and grits and said they were awesome! We’ll definitely be back even though we live two hours away.

CM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have dined at Highland Ave 3-4 times now, and have been pleased every time. This is a great hidden-gem for Hickory, NC. The food and the service is always first class. I love the freshness of the farm-to-table offerings that define the menu, and the staff is always well-trained and attentive. By far, my favorite part, and the primary reason I keep coming back, is the overall vibe and atmosphere. It's ambiance is classically-inspired, and very Sinatra-esque...but with a neo-modern vibe that's both classy and comfortable at the same time. I smile every time I walk-in, whether its for dinner, a drink, or dessert.

It's a perfect date night spot, and the best place in Hickory for a classic cocktail.

CZ
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere and the service was excellent.

k
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Husband and I dined there the other night and everything was great! The new food and beverage menu are both delicious and definitely an improvement. Our bartender Andrew was very knowledgeable and great at making cocktails. The manager Amanda was very friendly, helpful, and extremely knowledgeable. We were also ecstatic to see Frank Family Wine on the list. We will definitely be back and look forward to trying more new menu items.

R
Atlanta
201 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience1

Sorry but we not pleased with virtually all areas of the restaurant.

The waitress was very laid back and really knew not much of anything about the menu and was very very slow. The main course was SLOW to be delivered and the pork Loin was well over cooked - even crusty on the out side. My large wedge salad was chopped- which I asked for- but was covered with Blue Cheese dressing - no blue chees crumbles. Our guests chicken was OK - but also a bit dry. The cheese and meat board, an appetizer, was really quite good - which made us look forward to the main courses- which were very disappointing - both time wise & quality wise. The final - comp'ed to us was desert - a Coconut Cake - it was good.

No we will not be back. Too many things need to be improved all around.

WC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took the family out for a birthday dinner. Our first time there since they changed their menu and we were impressed with the choices and the quality of the food. The flatbread and mahi-mahi tacos were great appetizers and the ribeye, burger, duck, shrimp and grits, and oyster salad were fantastic as entree’s. Almond bread pudding topped off a great meal. We’ll be back.

OT
Western NC
42 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service!! We really enjoyed our dinner this past weekend!! We really like the changes that have been made! They have a great bartender! If only that bartender could instruct the bartender at Cafe Rule how to mix a cocktail using the same mixers, we would have two really great restaurants in town!!!

JT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I wish there was more of a selection. However, our server was outstanding. She should be cloned!!!

AV
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary and our waiter was exceptionally helpful and kind. My husband really wanted one of their special desserts but the number of pieces were low so he even held back a dessert for us so they wouldn't sell out by the time we were ready to eat it. He also made me a cup of fresh coffee and warmed up the cream so that it wouldn't cool off my coffee. It's those little things that will bring us back again. Well done!

OT
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food is always delicious and cooked correctly! Only recommendation would be to encourage the servers to have a better working knowledge of the wine list.

VM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. A little loud. Need more designated parking

y
Western NC
35 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently dined at Highland Avenue with some friends for a pre-concert birthday celebration. We made a reservation in advance but decided to eat at the bar instead; the hostess was very flexible and accommodated us quickly. We had a wonderful experience. James at the bar was awesome. So helpful with drink and food decision. All his recommendations were excellent. As first time diners, we got a delicious sampler of picked veggies and cheeses. Between the three of us we tried the steak and the salmon, both were perfectly cooked and delicious. The kitchen was awesome, accommodating a low carb diet with a veggie substitution for potatoes. We will all be back, and hopefully get to sit at the bar with James again, he is a true gem!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

The restaurant and service were wonderful. Our waitress was attentive and personable. The quality of the basic food(local, fresh, etc) was great but the final dishes were not well seasoned or tasty. In trying to be "fancy, flavor was really lost.

L
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great anniversary dinner and first time visit!

L
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant!!

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MD
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for husband’s birthday. Service was excellent, staff was very knowledgeable about wine and beer list.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food beautiful place

JD
Western NC
19 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Highland. Phenomenal food and service.

J
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing farm to table food. Such a beautiful presentation. Such delicious flavors!

DS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and overall experience. Unique menu. Really enjoyed the renovated mill look and feel. Definitely would go back and recommend to a friend.

OT
Western NC
42 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything during our visit was great!! The service, the drinks,the food, all fantastic!!

CL
Charlotte
34 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Been to Highlands a number of times and the real attraction is the building and

BM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

AH
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highland Avenue is a beautiful restaurant with unique food and a great atmosphere! I could not have picked a better place to celebrate my 21st birthday! The H.Ave Another cocktail was delicious and the staff made me feel very celebrated and happy! I will definitely return to this restaurant in the near future.

J
Charlotte
40 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome new menu!! And James the bartender is AMAZING!! His knowledge of wine, spirits and more is so much fun!!
Andrew - is also great!!
Great food, service and atmosphere - what else could you want on a nite out!?!?

M
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My husband's risotto meal was bland and my feta ravioli meal was better. For $11 the flatbread was good but pricey. The ambiance is very nice and our waiter, David, was excellent. For the prices they charge this restaurant needs to up their game significantly with their menu.

MH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Several things on the menu were described or offered as Chef Selections. Our server couldn't describe what was included in them for the evening. While part of a fresh, farm-to-table experience might include a rapidly changing menu, it was frustrating that several items on the menu required ordering without really knowing what you would receive. The Chicken Risotto was very bland without any hints of parmesan which was listed in the description. A restaurant with lovely ambiance, but "menu-roulette".

LA
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Was disappointed the trout was no longer on the menu, but food was delicious and we had a very nice experience.

JH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my boyfriend and I's fourth time to Highland Avenue, and the best one yet! All of the staff congratulated us on our anniversary on top of being their usually kind and welcoming selves. Even more special, the owner had the chefs prepare us both a complementary appetizer and dessert. All of the food was spectacular. Highland Avenue remains my favorite restaurant-- everyone should go and enjoy!

BM
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Eaten here many times since it opened, and will continue to patronize. They were great when opened, had a little issue in between but appear to be getting back as one of the best restaurants in the area.

S
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed dining at Highland Avenue celebrating 12 years of marriage. Great food and service.

HI
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation for 6:30 pm when we arrived our table was ready and waiting on us! This was our 16th Anniversary dinner and was absolutely amazing! We both ordered a steak with firecracker shrimp. The steaks we perfectly cooked and the firecracker shrimp were delicious. Our waiter David was quick, thorough and very courteous. Our food was to our table in a very timely manner. Highland Ave was the perfect place to celebrate our milestone! The Creme Brulee is the stuff dreams are made of!!😍

TK
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made my reservation through Open Table for my wife and I to celebrate our anniversary.
I chose Highland Avenue Restaurant and could not have been happier. From the matrie d who greeted us by saying “Happy Anniversary”,to the best server, Andrew who also welcomed us with “Happy Anniversary” and explained menu items to us, to the Highland Avenue Restaurant who presented us each a glass of wine, to the atmosphere, to the ambiance, to the Chef, and finally to the presentation and taste of the food, which was absolutely fantastic. Everyone should experience this 5⭐️ Jewel of Hickory.

MD
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff was excellent and service was efficient. Food was excellent

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

I'm only reviewing my most recent experience at Highland Avenue, as my previous times there were outstanding. I brought a large group after my daughter's graduation...service was decent, but the food was terrible. Everything came out cold, overcooked steaks, undercooked pork, bland.

B
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

The food was not worth the value. And the shrimp and grits was too smokey.

DR
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular!! It went above my expectations! Our waiter was phenomenal and loved the setting, not too fancy and not too casual.

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